TOGETHER tote bag pack
This limited-edition package includes:
-"TOGETHER" 100% cotton tote bag (measuring 14"x15"), printed by Crystal Graphics
-"TOGETHER" and "RESIST FEAR ASSIST LOVE" matte-finish, die-cut vinyl stickers
-"RESIST FEAR ASSIST LOVE" postcard (measuring 8"x5"), printed by Cat Head Press
-"RESIST FEAR ASSIST LOVE" button, produced by Busy Beave r Button Co.
Two years ago, I made the "RESIST FEAR ASSIST LOVE" image--the day after the president was elected. It quickly spread across the world and was made available for free to anybody who wanted it. Soon after, the demand for a t-shirt of the image was so great that we (myself and my friends LUNA music and Crystal Graphics) made two runs of shirts and were able to raise thousands of dollars--with 100% of the profits going to local and national organizations (The Julian Center and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky). It was a good feeling to contribute in a positive and practical way to those organizations in a time filled with so much hopelessness and sadness.
It has been incredible to see that image appear in business windows, private homes, protest signs, and stickers all over the planet. The image was made to share, and it seems to endure. I was recently asked to create a print for another fundraiser for detained immigrant children. I made "TOGETHER" (with my friends at Bloom Screen Printing in Oakland) and was able to raise some more funds for an assisting legal organization. This new print seemed to match the spirit of the "RESIST FEAR ASSIST LOVE" image, and I began to talk with Todd Robinson of LUNA music about how we could do another fundraising project that paired the two.
The result of that conversation was to continue to make these physical objects--as a way to spread a message of kindness, hope, and love. Our hope is that we can send a spirit of we-are-in-this-together-ness into the world, while raising funds for organizations that do the real, hard work of community support and involvement. Every time we put up a sticker, wear a button, show off a tote bag, or put a postcard in our window, there is the chance that somebody will see it, and it will resonate with them, and they will carry that image and feeling with them the rest of the day--or week--or month or year.
Just like the previous projects, 100% of the funds raised (after material costs) will be donated to love-assisting agencies. This year, donations will be split between two Indianapolis organizations: The Julian Center (an organization that supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises) and the FACE Low Cost Animal Clinic.
None of this would be possible without the support and hard work of LUNA music, Crystal Graphics, Cat Head Press, and Busy Beaver Button Co.--who have all generously donated time and materials to the creation and distribution of this project. Their support and hard work has made this entire project possible.